Shalini Nair


Govt plans liveability index of 116 cities
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The cities, which together account for a total population of 13.4 crore people, will be ranked in order of the quality of life they offer.

National Urban Policy: Single policy for multiple states
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The Centre has appointed a panel to develop framework for a comprehensive national policy for the first time, to focus on areas such as inclusive growth, infra finance system and robust urban information system.

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana: Study links MLA surnames to ‘missing’ roads, govt calls it fallacious
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

PMGSY was started in 2000 with the stated intent of connecting 300,000 villages.

Higher FAR, more highrises: complex problem, several questions
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Thirty-two of the world’s 100 most dense cities are in India.

Many ups and downs in battle against 377
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

SC will revisit its 2013 judgment that upheld the validity of the law against gay sex. The Indian Express traces twists and turns in a long, difficult journey

To explore if cities can go vertical, govt forms a panel for upward revision of Floor Space Index
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

The NITI Aayog report also compares the case of Mumbai and Shanghai to illustrate how the latter, through a liberal FSI regime created more per capita space.

Govt lifts Haj ban on people with disabilities
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

The ministry has directed the Haj Committee of India, which facilitates and subsidises the pilgrimage, to align its 2018-2022 guidelines in keeping with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Instant triple talaq Bill deferred, penal clauses offer room for give-and-take
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

After the session concluded, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, offered to agree to the penal provisions in the Bill, provided it is insulated from outside interference and has a mechanism for subsistence allowance.

Will suggest review of all personal laws if uniform code not now: Law panel chief
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Chauhan said that the Commission will soon commence oral consolations with religious scholars, political parties and other sections concerned on all aspects of personals laws including marriage, divorce, custody, succession and inheritance.

Ramdas Athawale backs 25 per cent quota for upper caste poor
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

He said that he placed this issue of reservation for the economically backward people from among Marathas, Patidars, Jats, Thakurs, Brahmins, Lingayats and others before Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the NDA meet on December 15 last year.

Amendments to bankruptcy code passed in Lok Sabha
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Rising NPAs are “legacy problem” of bad loans given during UPA rule, says Arun Jaitley

Lok Sabha passes Bill making instant triple talaq a crime, Opposition doesn’t protest too much
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

We are making history today, says Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Triple Talaq Bill; some MPs said send Bill to House panel

Haj guidelines say lunatic and cripple, show bias: Activists
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The ministry’s guidelines state that “persons whose legs are amputated, who are crippled, handicapped, lunatic or otherwise physically/ mentally incapacitated” cannot apply for Haj.

No official data on existence of Female Genital Mutilation in India, Centre tells SC
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The ministry, in its affidavit recently filed in the Supreme Court, said, “It is respectfully submitted that at present there is no official data or study (by NCRB etc) which supports the existence of FGM in India.”

Opposition alleges bias in Cyclone Ockhi support, Centre denies it
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Home Minister Rajnath Singh dismissed the allegation, saying there was no discrimination and the government was “sensitive”, never “inhumane”. He said the Centre has extended all possible help to the people affected in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep.

Bill amendment: Easier to acquire land for national security, defence
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

The bill “enables the central government to reissue the notice of acquisition to the owner or such other person interested in the property, for the purpose of giving an opportunity of being heard”

Don’t criminalise instant triple talaq: women’s groups to government
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

A statement by Bebaak Collective, an intervener in support of the triple talaq plea by Shayara Bano, states that it is opposed to making violation of civil contract of marriage a criminal act.

Why is a new law needed for triple talaq, asks WCD Ministry
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

The WCD Ministry questioned the need for separate legislation, arguing that divorce by triple talaq amounted to cruelty and hence, fell within the purview of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.

Cabinet nod to bill against instant triple talaq: Women’s outfit seeks support for codification of family law
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

"This Bill is a beginning, but mere criminalisation of triple talaq is not the purpose," said BMMA co-founder Zakia Soman.

Maneka Gandhi to Bollywood producers: Comply with sexual harassment in workplace Act
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The #MeToo movement was also responsible for the Corporate Affairs Ministry finally acceding to Maneka’s two-year-old request for mandatory disclosure by all companies on their compliance with the Sexual Harassment Act.

Transgender community terms govt’s Bill as ‘regressive’, launches nationwide protest movement
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Terming the ministry’s Transgender Persons Bill as ‘trans-exclusionary and regressive’, the protests, through social media campaigns, letters to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Social Justice, will culminate in a national protest march at Parliament Street on December 17.

Centre offers Rs 2.5 lakh for every inter-caste marriage with a Dalit
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

There is no definite data available on inter-caste marriages, since the Centre did not release the caste data from the Socio-Economic and Caste Census.

PM Modi likely to unveil Ambedkar centre with 70-ft stupa
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The ground-plus-three-floor structure will house a library equipped with 10,000 books, an e-library with access to international libraries through which students and researchers can refer to 2 lakh e-books and 70,000 journals, according to information provided.

Govt launches Nutrition Mission aimed at 10 crore beneficiaries
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

The mission, approved by the Cabinet on Thursday, estimates an expenditure of Rs 9,046 crore over the next three years until March 31, 2020.

What’s involved in courting the OBCs, one quota at a time
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Giving the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) Constitutional status and new powers involves far more detail than meets the eye

It is the human right of women to be free from violence in all its forms, says UN Women’s Lakshmi Puri
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, speaks on the sidelines of the World Assembly for Women at Tokyo

Parliament Winter session: Bill to grant NCBC constitutional status to be re-introduced in Lok Sabha
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Officials silent on whether it will include amendments proposed by Opposition

Transgender rights: House panel proposed, govt rejects
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

The report recommended specific provisions in the ministry’s version of the transgender Bill, to safeguard their rights, protect them against discrimination, and provide quotas in government colleges and jobs.

Manual scavenging law to be amended to hike compensation for deaths
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

The decisions were taken by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at a meeting chaired by Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot on Tuesday. States have accounted for merely 13,000-odd manual scavengers --- with 80 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and most others maintaining that they have none at all.

Ivanka at World Assembly for Women: ‘Integrating, empowering women not just good corporate policy, it’s good business’
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Ivanka said: “The fact is all women are working women. Whether they make the commute each morning or spend the day with their children at home or some combination of both.”

India slips 21 places in gender gap ranking, Bangladesh ahead
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

While the top ranks continue to be held by the Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway and Finland, Bangladesh, at 47th position, holds the highest rank in South Asia.

Gender disparity: World economy can reach $28 tn if gap closes, says Kristalina Georgieva
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Georgieva added that attaining gender equality means, among other things, ensuring girls are in school and economic empowerment which gives women the choice on what to do and what not to do.

Government plans to amend Hindu Adoptions Act to check adoption under personal law
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Maneka Gandhi said, “The ministry will issue an ultimatum to all child-care institutions asking them to register under the JJ Act by December 31, else shut down operations.”

In Fact: Between void and voidable, scope for greater protection for girl child
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

A 2014 UNICEF report found that the median age at first marriage was 15.4 years for women in the poorest quintile, and 19.7 years for those in the richest quintile.

Fund crunch: 88% of NREGA budget over, 6 months left
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Last financial year, of the additional Rs 15,000 crore that the MoRD sought in supplementary demands, the Finance Ministry cleared only Rs 9,000 crore.

Global Hunger Index: More and more Indian children weigh too little for their height
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Global study ranks India 100th of 119 counties, worse than Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.